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 $59,504 - $74,256

ABOUT US: The McHenry County Conservation District owns or manages over 25,540 acres of open land diverse with woodlands, prairies, wetlands, ponds, creeks, and rivers. Thirty-three sites are currently open to the public year-round featuring regional biking, hiking, multi-use, equestrian and snowmobile trails, picnic shelters, campsites, fishing areas, canoe/kayak launches, educational facilities and rare plant and animals.

Looking for a success driven individual to take the McHenry County Conservation Foundation to new heights in growing financial contributions and gift giving on behalf of the McHenry County Conservation District. This position is responsible for the oversight, planning and implementation of a comprehensive development program that secures significant financial and/or land resources from individuals, foundations, or corporations, that support District goals. Focus of the position is on major gift functions, with emphasis on establishing a planned-giving program. Principal gifts, donor prospecting and research, and special multi-year fundraising campaigns will also be managed by this position.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: Job responsibilities include: • Responsible for developing/defining the pool of prospective major donors. • Conceptualizes and designs annual and long-term comprehensive fundraising plans to implement and manage giving activities that ensure adequate funding for designated District programs. • Develops and oversees the methods and implementation of prospect cultivation strategies. • Develops individually tailored and detailed gift opportunities for potential major donors. • Develops and implements a Planned-Giving Program specifically targeted at individuals with the capacity to provide major gifts through wills, estates and trusts. • Prepares and administers the annual budget for the Foundation and Development office. • Prepares written proposals, solicitation appeals, reports and/or other specific development materials for use during donor cultivation and solicitation. • Develops and helps conduct strategic cultivation activities such as field trip meetings and special events for donors and prospects. Manages efforts in a way that maximizes efficiency and utilization. • Management of donor relations to include database management, fulfillment and recognition programs. • Participates in and facilitates the creation of District plans and goals as a member of the Leadership Team. • Directs the work of the McHenry County Conservation Foundation in consultation with the Executive Director. Identifies and cultivates prospective new members to serve on the Foundation board and stewards relationships with existing board members. • Identifies and writes major grants for various projects within the District. • Drives a motorized vehicle to travel to different locations. • Other duties as assigned by the supervisor.

QUALIFICATIONS: Qualifications for this position include, but not limited to: • Bachelor's degree in marketing, communications or related field. Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE or ACFRE) credentials preferred. A minimum of five (5) years development or related experience with the development function such as gift and pledge processing, prospect research, data and information management, financial management, donor recognition and accountability. Or equivalent combination of education and experience. • Expert knowledge of current and evolving trends in major gifts giving, solicitation and capital campaigns. • Proven success in asking for and closing major gifts ($1K, $5K-$25K-$50K) and building and maintaining long-term relationship with fundraising constituents such as major donors, foundations and corporations. • Broad working knowledge and effective understanding of the principle and practices of charitable gift planning, including techniques and methods accepted by the IRS, annual giving, special events and major gift fundraising. • Strong/proficient writing skills to prepare clear concise and effective correspondence, proposals and other documents. • High level of organization, energy, ambition and orientation to asking. • Possess good analytical skills to make strategic decisions based on analysis, wisdom, experience and judgment. • Knowledge of the region’s philanthropic community. • Knowledge and understanding of environmental issues and terminology used to describe open space, conservation, restoration, interpretive education and outdoor recreation. • Leadership abilities and comfort in working in a team environment and speaking before the general public. • A requirement of the job is occasional weekend and evening work to attend meetings and special events/programs.

CLOSING DATE: July 2, 2018, 12 Noon CST

APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED TO: Applicant must complete an online application located at

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 McHenry County Conservation District


Jenny Heider
815-338-6223 x1237

 Closing Date

July 2, 2018

 $45,000 - $49,500


Position: Stables Assistant Manager/Trainer

Under the general direction of the Trainer/Barn Manager, the Assistant Manager/Trainer is responsible for assisting with the overall operations of the Palatine Stables; lesson program management, part-time staff supervision and care of horses. This is a full time, exempt position with a comprehensive benefit package.

The Assistant Manager/Trainer duties include the daily care and maintenance of Park District owned horses and ponies and boarded horses. Assist with teaching and training of all students and their horses, including boarders advancing within the Riding School program. Assist with scheduling and maintenance of the lesson programs for the Riding School. Schedule part-time staff required for lessons, pony rides, pony parties and summer camp. Schedule, organize and manage the in-house Student Horse Shows. Maintain appropriate records pertaining to horse health, farrier services and all other a la carte services provided by the Stables. Work week will consist of Monday – Thursday day & evening shifts and Saturday days.

Qualifications and Experience Minimum five (5) years of progressive experience and knowledge or equivalent experience of the equine industry, stable operations, knowledge of daily horse care, behaviors and health. Required to have basic veterinary skills and knowledge including: wound care, injections, bandaging techniques and medication. Strong supervisory skills for part-time staff required. Must possess the ability to work harmoniously and maintain effective relationships with fellow employees, patrons, and community groups. Ability to multi-task, troubleshoot, meet deadlines and effectively communicate, both verbal and written. Proficient in Microsoft Office products; experience with RecTrac and Time pro preferred. Some bilingual skills in Spanish preferred.

Physical Demands and Environmental Conditions Ability to lift 50 pounds in materials, equipment and supplies. Standing and walking for long periods of time. General work area is outdoors and indoors with un-controlled temperature and fluorescent lighting. Working conditions in the barn and arenas can be dusty, dirty and smelly. Work very close to large, live animals. Work around uneven ground, fencing and terrain. Frequent exposure to natural and varied weather conditions while supervising employees or attending job related activities.

Benefits Excellent benefit package including: Retirement Plan, paid time off (vacation, sick, holiday, personal) medical, dental and life insurance, annual fitness and pool pass and free and/or subsidized Park District activities and events for employees and family members.

Apply online at under the Job tab / Full-time.

Starting Salary Range ($45,000 - $49,500) depending on qualifications and experience.

Open until filled.

The Palatine Park District is an Equal Opportunity and Reasonable Accommodation Employer

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 Palatine Park District


Toni Bruns

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 $40,274 DOQ + IMRF Retirement and Excellent Benefits

Full time, salaried, non-exempt

The Northwest Special Recreation Association (NWSRA), located in Rolling Meadows, IL, is an extension of 17 Park Districts in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. NWSRA provides outstanding opportunities through recreation for children and adults with disabilities.
Under the direction of the Superintendent of Communications & IT, the Graphic Communications Coordinator is responsible for the Northwest Special Recreation Association (NWSRA) and Special Leisure Services Foundation (SLSF) marketing and communications materials, while working with the Executive Director, Department Heads, managers and staff on specific projects that also encompass public relations efforts including, but not limited to: crisis communications, public information, internal/external promotions and internal/external marketing.

Duties and Essential job functions: Enhance and maintain an identity (brand) for the Association and Foundation. Manage, plan, design, layout, write, edit, proofread and produce all NWSRA and SLSF print promotions, graphic materials and on-site displays. Write, create, and monitor all of the content on Association social media sites. Supervise/manage the entire production process for the seasonal program guides. Coordinate with outside contractors including photographers, printers, copier vendors and other vendors as needed. Assist with preparation of board summaries, monthly reports and special reports, as needed. Solicit bids on printing projects, copiers, printers and handle all printing/production related items. Coordinate copier and printer contracts, usage, maintenance, supply ordering including copier/printer paper and toner and training. Monitor use and maintenance of agency camera and oversee the photo approvals for publications.

Preferred Education, Experience and Qualifications: Employee must have a minimum of a BA/BS in Graphic Design, Public Relations, Marketing, Marketing Research, Integrated Marketing Communications, or related field, and three (3) years of progressively more responsible experience in marketing and communications. • Employee must have proven expertise in designing and editing brochures, publications, websites and marketing materials. • Employee must have a good understanding of multiple different types of software; such as, Word Press, Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Acrobat, Bridge and Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.). • Experience in implementing a comprehensive marketing plan preferred.

Employee must have a valid state driver's license. Employee must pass pre-employment drug test, physical and criminal background check.

Prospective starting date for position is Tuesday, July 24.

How to Apply: Qualified applicants should apply online at For questions, please contact Trisha Breitlow at

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 Northwest Special Recreation Association


Trisha Breitlow

 Closing Date

June 25, 2018

 $55,000 - $65,000 depending on qualifications and experience

Qualified candidates must have a degree, five years financial management experience in the field of parks and recreation or municipal government and proficient in fund accounting.

RESPONSIBILITIES: General ledger maintenance including adjustments, unearned revenue and allocation of tax revenue; month-end closing of financial records including reconciling of bank statements; Prepare and present monthly financial reports to the Executive Director and the District Board of Park Commissioners; Direct and coordinate the annual budget process and monitor expenditures; Coordinate the annual financial audit; Manage purchasing functions; Develop purchasing, receiving and inventory procedures; Oversee the accounts payable, payroll, and accounts receivable functions of the District; Prepare and file annual ordinances; Direct the maintenance of fixed asset records for all buildings and contents; Develop and recommend long-term financial strategy, policies and procedures; Manage the District’s cash flow requirements, inter-fund borrowing, investments, debt issuance, and debt administration compliance; Provide financial input to the development and implementation of projects requiring the issuance of bonds; Make recommendations on bond sales, tax rates, and debt service. A complete job description is available upon request.

This is a full time, exempt position with a great benefit package that includes medical, prescription, dental, vision, life insurance, paid time off, IMRF, awesome work environment, terrific community, supportive board of commissioners and more.

Successful candidate will be a dedicated individual who is motivated and has an eye for detail that strives for excellence; strong oral and written communication skills; strong organizational, time management and problem-solve solving skills.

EMAIL COVER LETTER & RESUME TO: Christina Ferraro, CPRP, Executive Director , Prospect Heights Park District

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 Prospect Heights Park District


Christina Ferraro

 Closing Date

June 29, 2018

 $40,000.00 - $45,000.00 per year


This full-time position is responsible for preparation of food in accordance with the established recipes and industry standards at Arrowhead Restaurant and Bar and that services are conducted and fulfilled in a manner consistent with the goals and objectives of the District. This position supervises part-time kitchen staff and plays a significant role in hiring, discipline, and termination recommendations.


Must have a high school diploma or GED equivalent with at least three (3) years of full service kitchen experience in a professional setting with cooking and knife handling skills. Must be able to read banquet event orders, recipes, and prep lists in English. Must have knowledge of safety and food handling guidelines and procedures. Must be able to lead, manage, and motivate assigned staff. Must have great problem solving, analytical, organizational, interpersonal and written and verbal communication skills. Must be able to multi-task and work calmly and effectively under pressure.


Become proficient at working every line position in the kitchen.

Set up kitchen before shift and/or tear down at the end of the day.

Inspect food preparation and serving areas to ensure observance of safe, sanitary food handling practices. Dispose of trash and keep work area clean.

Instruct line cooks to coordinate the timing of food plating while maintaining consistency of all plates.

Help maintain labor cost within the guidelines of the budget and seasonal needs.

Follow the production process for food preparation.

Confirm function sheet for time and special preparation needs.

Attend weekly event meetings as required and communicate consistently with banquet and restaurant staff to ensure up to date information is communicated and performed.

Weigh, measure, and mix ingredients according to recipes, using the appropriate kitchen utensils and equipment.

Follow established recipes to ensure consistency and quality standards using all necessary kitchen equipment including but not limited to grill, oven, and microwave.

Portion, plate, and garnish warm food items and distribute for service.

Substitute for or assist other cooks during emergencies or rush periods.

Maintain cleanliness of all kitchen equipment.

Assist with setting and following all systems set by the Executive Chef and Director of Special Facilities.

Communicate any product runouts, equipment issues, and quality or service issues.

Meet dress and grooming standards by maintaining a professional appearance.

Dispose of trash and clean work area each shift.

Hire, train, manage, direct, schedule, discipline, evaluate, and recommend merit increases for assigned staff ensuring an effective and efficient department run in accordance with Department of Labor laws and District policies and procedures.


Must have: valid driver’s license with acceptable driving record; CPR/AED certified or obtain within one (1) year of employment; and Illinois food handling sanitation certificate.


Must be able to: work extended hours to include weekends, nights, and holidays as necessary; frequently stand for long periods of time, walk, reach, handle, and finger, grasp, bend, crouch, kneel, stoop, twist, crawl; occasionally lift, carry, push, or pull up to 50 lbs. including over shoulders and head; and occasionally sit while using a computer.


Must be available to work a flexible schedule that includes nights, weekends, and holidays as necessary.


$40,000.00 - $45,000.00 per year

Benefit Package

We have a highly competitive benefits package including: health insurance, life insurance, paid time off (including holiday, vacation, personal, and sick), 457 deferred compensation plan, Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (pension plan), medical and dependent flexible spending account, facility privileges for employee and employee's eligible dependents, etc.

To apply for this position go to:

The Wheaton Park District is an equal opportunity employer. EOE/M/F/D/V

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 Wheaton Park District


Becky Mendenhall

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled